On Thursday, Lucknow's land became witness to a new chapter in relations between India and Africa. At the India Africa Defense Ministers, Conclave organized for the first time under the Defense Expo 2020, India and African countries adopted the Lucknow Declaration to further mutual cooperation in the field of peace, security and defense. On this occasion, 154 representatives from 38 countries out of 54 of Africa were present. These included Defense Ministers of 12 countries, 19 Army Chiefs, eight Permanent Secretary Defense, and one MP. However, sources in the Ministry of Defense said that the consent of all the countries of Africa on the Lucknow Declaration has been obtained.
According to the media report, in this manifesto adopted in the presence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, India, and African countries agreed to continue their partnership in the areas of peace and security. At the same time, both sides agreed to establish joint ventures of defense equipment, software, digital defense, research and development, maintenance of defense equipment and their components through investment in the defense sector.
Both sides strongly condemned the increasing challenges of terrorism, piracy, and trafficking of humans, narcotics, and weapons and called for an end to terrorism and its targets. He also asked all countries to ensure that their land is not used to carry out terrorist attacks in other countries. Emphasis was also placed on increasing cooperation and coordination between India and Africa to deal with terrorism and its various forms. Underlining the importance of maritime security for the blue economy, the two sides shared information and improved monitoring mechanisms. It also promised to safeguard the maritime communications system, curb incidents of piracy and illegal fishing. It was also proposed that in future the Defense Ministers of India and African countries would meet regularly.